ORONO, Maine — At the University of Maine, a two-day H1N1 vaccine clinic for students has been downsized and rescheduled because of the national shortfall in the anticipated supply of vaccine.
According to university spokesman Joe Carr, only about 1,100 doses of vaccine will be available to the Orono campus in the near future, instead of the 6,000 doses expected.
“We will be receiving far less vaccine than we had anticipated, and this has caused us to develop a new plan,” Carr said Thursday.
The rescheduled clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 6, at the Cutler Health Center on campus, instead of the next week. Rather than being open to all students age 24 and under, the clinic will provide the injectable form of the vaccine to university students of any age with one of the high-risk health conditions identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These health conditions include:
• Heart, lung or kidney disease.
• Weakened immune system.
• Cognitive disabilities.
• Neurological conditions.
• Blood disorders.
Students will not be required to provide documentation of their eligibility.
“We are taking the honor system approach,” Carr said. “We expect our students will recognize that this vaccine is scarce and respect our intent to make it available to those who need it most.”
A different H1N1 clinic for university employees, scheduled for Nov. 16 and 17, also has been postponed indefinitely. Opportunities for both students and employees to be vaccinated will be provided as vaccine supplies become available, Carr said.
Students must register for the Nov. 5 and 6 clinics at the university’s H1N1 Web site. Carr said a new registration form would be posted on the site sometime today.
On the Web: www.umaine.edu/h1n1